Saturday, August 25, 2007


Dillard & Clark - Fantastic Expedition of D&C

Yesterday it was quite crowdy at the Railway Station so very early this morning I was there again to have a closer look.
I told some people about my humble Blog and my little joke 'the Railway Station leaves at platform #1'. Suddenly I had to think about Dillard & Clark - Train leaves here this morning (also recorded by the Eagles, see below).

Dillard & Clark, a duo featuring former Byrd Gene Clark and Doug Dillard of the Dillards, was one of the first country-rock groups to form in the late '60s. The group formed in 1968 and became one of pioneers of country-rock, releasing only two albums before dissolving. Their music is hailed by critics and musicians as some of the best of the country rock genre.

In 1968, Dillard recorded his first solo album, The Banjo Album, which featured such rock musicians as Clark and Bernie Leadon. In the spring of 1968, Dillard toured England as a member of the Byrds, which led to the duo of Dillard & Clark, which officially formed later that summer. The duo secured a record contract with A&M and released their debut album, The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark, late in 1968. The record was recorded with Bernie Leadon (guitar), Don Beck (dobro, mandolin), and David Jackson (bass). Dillard & Clark toured following the release of the album ; their supporting band featured former Byrd Michael Clarke on drums.

Dillard & Clark began recording a second album early in 1969 with a new supporting band. The new lineup featured Leadon, fiddler Byron Berline, drummer Jon Corneal, and guitarist Donna Washburn. Steel guitarist Sneaky Pete Kleinow (who died this or last year ; I always liked his playing) and Chris Hillman, who were both members of the Flying Burrito Brothers, also guested on the album. The resulting record, Through the Morning, Through the Night, appeared later in the year. After its release, Leadon left the duo ; he would join the Eagles soon after his departure. Clark decided to pursue a solo career in early 1970. Dillard continued his solo career, using the remaining members of the duo's backing band as the core of his new outfit, the Expedition.

Interesting historical information, isn't it ? Ah, you like to read this.....:-)

By the way, Gene Clark died in 1991 at the age of 46.

Dillard & Clark - The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark 1968
Together with The Byrds' Sweetheart Of The Rodeo and Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline this album marked the birth of what soon became known as countryrock. Former Byrds-founder Gene Clark teamed up with one of the people who made bluegrass rock and virtuoso on anything that has strings, Doug Dillard and the soon to be Eagle and Flying Burrito Brother Bernie Leadon. The songs on this masterpiece were mostly written by Clark, Leadon and Dillard, in various combinations and showed bands like Poco, Eagles and even the Flying Burrito Brothers their future path. Bernie Leadon took one of the songs 'Train Leaves Here This Morning' with him to the Eagles and recorded it on their first album.

As usual to be continued in the comments....!!

Dillard & Clark - The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark 1968

01-Dillard & Clark - Out On The Side
02-Dillard & Clark - She Darked The Sun
03-Dillard & Clark - Don't Come Rollin'
04-Dillard & Clark - Train Leaves Here This Mornin'
05-Dillard & Clark - Why Not Your Baby
06-Dillard & Clark - Lyin' Down The Middle
07-Dillard & Clark - With Care From Someone
08-Dillard & Clark - The Radio Song
09-Dillard & Clark - Git It On Brother (Git In Line Brother)
10-Dillard & Clark - In The Plan
11-Dillard & Clark - Something's Wrong
12-Dillard & Clark - Don't Be Cruel

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File is a small 35MB, 'cause the songs are only in 128kbits

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This is fantastic!! Thanks for sharing and having one of the best blogs on the web.

Thank you for sharing this beautiful LP. I've had the LP for many years and it's definitely one of my favourites. Have recently started listening to it again and it was great to find it available to be downloaded. Thank you again.
This was my first trip to your blog and I enjoyed it very much. I like your philosophy of sharing. I've been on a bit of a byrds kick lately, so it was nice to hear this album and fill in some of the gaps in my understanding of their development. Clark definitly did some of his best work post-byrds and it is a shame it doesn't get that much attention.
Greatest 28 minute album of all time?! Just wrote about it too on my music blog. Have a good one!
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